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H. G. Wells
H.G. Wells The Time Machine -1st English edition
The Time Machine H.G. Wells London: William Heinemann, 1895 First English edition in hardback of Wells' epic "scientific romance" that stands alone in the genre of time travel. Publisher's original buckram cloth with the front panel and spine stamped in purple with sphinx vignette. In near fine condition with foxing to endpapers. First issue with first priority sixteen-page publisher's catalogue at end. Housed in a full morocco clamshell box. A nice specimen of an important cornerstone book in science fiction. In 1894 Wells "began writing what he called 'single sitting stories' using his special knowledge of science, culminating in the publication of his novella The Time Machine in 1895. Readers grasped the book's significance and one contemporary review stated, "So far as our knowledge goes [Wells] has produced that rarity which Solomon declared to be not merely rare but non-existent--a 'new thing under the sun'" (Bergonzi, 41). "It is the most important foundation stone of British scientific romance and the science fiction genre in general" (Anatomy of Wonder II-1232). First edition, first issue of the English edition of THE TIME MACHINE. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Phantom Bookshop (phantom-bookshop-of-ventura) [Ventura, California, United States]
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